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US Boards of Education Issue Policy on Social and Emotional Learning

United States National Association of Boards of Education issue a policy document on the importance of social and emotional learning for students' wellbeing and academic success. Read the policy document. Includes an overview of SEL and research base. Read full article

Regular Bedtimes for Children Support Academic Success

<a href="/articles/regular-bedtimes-for-children-support-academic-success">Regular Bedtimes for Children Support Academic Success</a>

What time did your child go to bed last night and was it about the same time as the night before? Having a consistent and early enough bedtime during children’s younger years is likely to pay dividends when they are older, with research showing that children who have non-regular and late bedtimes are more likely to perform worse in reading and maths. The longer the irregular and late sleep patterns continue, the more likely it is that a child may suffer these cognitive effects. Read full article

Education in Australia - Why We Should Never Return to the 3 Rs

<a href="/articles/education-in-australia-why-we-should-never-return-to-the-3-rs">Education in Australia - Why We Should Never Return to the 3 Rs</a>

Opinion: Ongoing calls for a rejection of “intellectual fads” and a return to “more traditional teaching methods” seem to be ramping up in the education debate. But if these advocates were talking about rejecting advances over the past sixty years in medicine, no one would take them seriously. So why then is it acceptable to champion simplistic and archaic methods when it comes to education? We should never, and in fact we cannot, return to the three Rs of reading, writing, and arithmetic for a couple of very simple reasons. Read full article

Teens, Study and Lost Sleep - The Link with Academic Success

<a href="/articles/teens-study-and-lost-sleep-the-link-with-academic-success">Teens, Study and Lost Sleep - The Link with Academic Success</a>

A new longitudinal study out of the U.S. finds that if teens give up sleep in order to do extra study, they are more likely to have academic performance problems the following day. Read full article

Should I Send My Child to an Opportunity Class?

<a href="/articles/should-i-send-my-child-to-an-opportunity-class">Should I Send My Child to an Opportunity Class?</a>

All government schools in Australia have a responsibility to identify gifted and talented children and provide opportunities to optimise their education. But right now in New South Wales, many public primary school parents are considering whether to apply for their child to attend an Opportunity Class during years 5 and 6. And parents have much more to contemplate than their child’s academic environment ... Parents making a decision with their child about placement in an Opportunity Class may wish to talk about the following: Read full article

What is the Value of Homework? Research and Reality

<a href="/articles/what-is-the-value-of-homework-research-and-reality">What is the Value of Homework? Research and Reality</a>

Raise the topic of homework with parents of school age children and watch the sparks fly. Parent opinion on homework ranges from those who’d like to see it eliminated altogether to those who set extra work for their children to make up for what they see as an overly relaxed approach. Teachers are caught in the middle – not to mention kids - and even education experts are unable to present a united front about the value of homework. This article looks at the research about the value of homework in primary school and high school. Read full article

Personal Bests in the Classroom - A Lesson from Sport

<a href="/articles/personal-bests-in-the-classroom-a-lesson-from-sport">Personal Bests in the Classroom - A Lesson from Sport</a>

Personal Best (PB) goals, often associated with the glittering achievements of sports stars, are now finding their way to the classroom, and they are making a difference in academic achievement. Professor Andrew Martin from the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney has recently released a study investigating the role of personal best goals in the achievement and engagement of students with and without ADHD. Read full article

Teaching Emotional Intelligence - How Schools Can Educate Children for Life

<a href="/articles/teaching-emotional-intelligence-how-schools-can-educate-children-for-life">Teaching Emotional Intelligence - How Schools Can Educate Children for Life</a>

Step into Anna Kearney’s third grade classroom, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, California, and you will see amongst the usual colourful art projects, a row of plastic cups stapled to the wall. There are ten numbered cups in all and they are part of Self Science, a social and emotional education curriculum developed by 6 Seconds ... Time spent on Self Science has not detracted from other academic learning, says Kearney, but instead has enhanced learning across the board. Read full article

Are Parents to Blame for Helicopter Parenting?

<a href="/blogs/michelle-higgins/2011/10/17/are-parents-to-blame-for-helicopter-parenting">Are Parents to Blame for Helicopter Parenting?</a>

According to current popular discourse, modern day parents fall into one of two distinct categories: relaxed free-ranger or over involved and controlling helicopter. And while much fun can be had satirising the extremes of either parenting style, missing from the discussion has been a deeper analysis of the larger context in which everyday parenting decisions are made ... When I examine my own parenting I find myself veering wildly between the two extremes, the parenting equivalent of the hybrid car. Read full article

Letting a Child Follow His Dreams

<a href="/blogs/benisonoreilly/2011/04/14/letting-a-child-follow-his-dreams">Letting a Child Follow His Dreams</a>

My eldest son was born seventeen years ago. In the time-honoured principle of new mothers, I thought him the most attractive, charming and gifted baby in the entire world. When it came to the last of these I may have had more claim than most. On his first birthday I took M to the early childhood centre for a developmental check. The nurse handed him a shape sorter with four different shaped blocks, which he promptly slotted into their respective slots without faltering: one, two, three, four. Read full article